I hate soaking grain. It wastes water during the soak
and rinse and takes a good bit of effort to shake the water
out of a 5g bucket full of hydrated wbs. This thread is
intended to be a guide for quick prep of wbs for jar or
First, you should take into account that all wbs is not created
equal. There are probably hundreds of different mixes, some
of which have more starchy grains, some do not. I buy my wbs
Thirty lbs of finch seed
to forty lbs of premium year round bird food.
When I was using jars, 365 turned me onto the "magic ratio"
for jars, which is 1 cup wbs, 1/2 cup water. no soak, no strain
no rinse, no problem! It works with either the year
round bird food or finch seed. Be sure to shake the jars as soon
as you can after the pressure on your PC drops, the pieces of
grain on the bottom of the jar have more moisture and will burst
if left overnight without a shake.
With bags, the shake isn't necessary. The shape of a bag makes
it so that almost all of the grain sits in water during cooking.
Here is a shot of how much wbs to water-
Here's a couple shots of what they look like when they come out of the cooker-
And after 24 hours-
This bag was inoculated with WBS slurry and here they are after
five days. On the left is a one step prep bag, on the right is a bag
prepared by soak/rinse.
One step prep bag